Yesterday (May 27) we had the pleasure of talking with Mrs. Maine America, Jessica Chadwick Snowdeal, and we discovered that she who grew up in Milo, Maine. The place I will always consider to be close to my heart. That brought back memories of the 92 Moose Milo parade.

I did some digging and found this great article written by our former morning co-host buddy, Jon James. He had joined me for our adventure. Below you'll find excerpts from his post, and above, is the video that I discovered after some searching yesterday.

The video (We weren't prepared to take video, because we didn't expect a 'real' parade! The pics in the video our from webcam shots!

Here are parts of Jon's original story from November 2013:

Milo! That's where Mackie spent his formative years and where, in February of 2006, we requested that the town throw a parade in our honor. And they did! THAT was a day we'll never forget. One of my best memories in broadcasting with one of my best friends in broadcasting (and in life).

The events leading up to that day were just as much fun. We placed several calls to townsfolk, including the local dog catcher/postal worker/restaurateur, Valerie Robertson. She set us up with a man who was made for this kind of thing, Murrel Harris, the town's recreation director. This man was fun from the get-go. He was also eager to make this parade happen and had a great time organizing local residents to join us on an upcoming Saturday morning in early February to march through town with 92 Moose playing through the speakers. It was a fun, tongue-in-cheek sort of thing that attracted many onlookers who had no idea what was being celebrated until they joined us at The Restaurant (that was the name of the restaurant on Main Street), where Mac and I received gifts and honorary citizenship.

On a sad note, 2 months after our visit, we received news that our good friend Murrel had suddenly passed away. We returned to Milo in April (2006) to pay our last respects and see the ball field that had just been named for him. Coincidentally, on our way home, we stopped at Nokomis High School in Newport to watch my daughter, Michelle, play in a softball game with Erskine Academy. A perfect ending to the day.

Hard to believe it has been almost 8 years since that parade in Milo. A lot has changed in the small town. A tragic downtown fire, a new owner and new name for The Restaurant, a few more names on stones in the cemetery. That is life. That is one more story of two radio curmudgeons who feel uncomfortable in large groups but are quite at ease with each other. Yes, Mac and I are, pardon the lingo, BFF's.

Now, here are some photos from our 2006 parade.

With Val and Murrell
With Val and Murrel holding up our "92 Moose Day" proclamation
Joy owned The Restaurant in 2006
Jon and Mac
Mackie and I with gifts at The Restaurant
Val and Jon
Valerie and me
Group shot
Some of the marchers in our parade outside The Restaurant